Car rental Victoria falls
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CAR RENTAL IN VICTORIA FALLS
Car rental Victoria falls offers a wide range of choices.These include but are not limited to the type of car,budget,intended use ,which companies do you wish to do business with and many other.This article will try to explore some of the best ways to use ,so that you are able to to rent or bring a car smoothly as per your liking.
OPTIONS TO CONSIDER FOR CAR RENTAL VICTORIA FALLS
There are many issues and options to consider .Most people consider their budget first .Car rental prices in Victoria falls range from $250-$1000.There are a variety of options for it to suite your budget.Most people argue that renting a car in South Africa ,through trusted South African websites like Rental cars.co.za and many other below .These give you options which unavailable in Zimbabwe ,whichinclude unlimited mileage and flexible daily rates from 150 km free and after that $1.50 per kilometer .In most cases some South African rental companies can also give you an option to pick the car at Harare international airport or Victoria falls international airport.
On the other hand most people also prefer Rental cars South Africa ,because, it gives you the latter options but with flexible terms mentioned before.However ,this option has its own merits and de-merits which we will discuss on at a later stage.
BRINGING A FRIEND ‘S CAR OR YOUR OWN
Other people usually consider bringing a friend ‘s car from neighboring countries mainly South Africa.Those who live in neighboring countries usually bring their own cars.This option has its pros and cons.To effectively bring a car into Zimbabwe one needs to bring the following documentation and comply to the following regulations.
Original or Police certified copy of vehicle registration book and a certified letter of permission to use the vehicle if the registration book is not in the drivers name.
Non Zimbabwe vehicles pay a Carbon Tax valid for 30 days. Cost depends on engine size.
Below 1500cc US$6
1501 to 2000cc US$11
2001 to 3000cc US$15
3001cc and above US$30
3rd Party Insurance – cost approx US$30 for the 1 month. Purchase at the border.
T.I.P – (Temporary Import Permit) No Charge. Issued at the border
C.V.G (Commercial Vehicle Guarantee) About $120 for Hire Vehicles
Road Access Fee – US$10 per light vehicle per entry into the country. Purchase at the
Zimbabwe law requires that all vehicles have 2 x white round reflective tape on the front
bumper and 2 x 6 inch red reflective tape on the rear bumper. You can get fined if you don’t have these.
New law (effective June 2011) states that vehicles must have two red warning triangles
and a fire extinguisher with SAZ ( Standards Association of Zimbabwe) approval.
Reflactory jacket Full details
The official Zimra Website (Zimbabwe Revenue Authority) has very useful up to date information on Zimbabwe customs and immigration, duties and taxes.
Some consider this paper work to much there by opting to rent a car in Victoria falls.
USING COMPANY CARS FROM SOUTH AFRICA OR NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES
If one opts to use a company car,in order to bring it they need the following documents.
The letter of authority or company letter head for company vehicles and for your own company .
Letter of authority from financier if vehicle is being financed [often referred to as the border letter by most financiers/banks].
This is mandatory on the South African side.After that you have to comply with the above on the Zimbabwean side.
On the Zimbabwean side you need to produce documentation that include , bona fide visitor to Zimbabwe meaning be a non citizen of Zimbabwe .If you are a Zimbabweans citizen resident outside Zimbabwe you need to provide proof inform of a valid permit ,endorsed passport and immigration and stamp allocating the days to remain in Zimbabwe .Make sure that the vehicle is out of Zimbabwe as allocated on the temporary import permit.Failing to comply will attract a minimum of US400 or vehicle is impounded or both .To some people this
process is tiresome and confusing hence they opt for other options.
RENTING A CAR IN SOUTH AFRICA THEN DRIVE IT IN
This is one of the options mostly done by people who may want to also tour places in South Africa ,Botswana and Zambia.This however ,may depend on the company ‘s policies and regulations.In most cases it has some advantages like ,most companies facilitate border documents themselves,moreover ,if you encounter challenges the company may be of greater help .It has it’s own disadvantages ,in most cases if not well calculated it can present a lot of challenges like time constrains,hidden expenses and many other .Moreover ,when choosing a rental car company be cautious of the terms they offer eg. do they cover Zimbabwe or not .e.t.c.
RENTING A CAR IN ZIMBABWE
Although the country is considered to have the most expensive rental cars in the world .Renting a car in Zimbabwe can serve time and sometimes it can be cheaper and convenient .The popular companies available in Victoria falls include Europcar,impala,Avis and many other.The popular models offered include hyndai autos.Europcar has offices in Victoria falls airport terminal it opens from Monday to Sunday.You can rent a car upon arrival at the airport but this often presents some inconveniences like getting expensive cars,finding no available car and many other challenges.We advice visitors to pre book cars online this gives them plenty of options to look at.It gives you time to look for good deals and deals that suite you.
Booking your car online serves you from headaches because Victoria falls is a small town and booking offices are relatively small hence physical booking upon arrival will not be guaranteed ,hence pre booking is better it serves 25% money and time.
Requirements for online car rental in Victoria falls
If you successfully book through online platforms.Companies will need your driver’s license ,valid credit card and additional proof of identity [such as passport if you are renting from abroad ]these are required upon arrival at the airport for you to get your car.Europcar has offices in Harare[corner st Particks Rd &Airport Rd].In Bulawayo there are at Airport terminal.They offer a range of cars including Chevrolet aveo,Hyundai 120 etc.There are also other companies that offer online booking like keddy,budget etc.Make sure you read carefully their rental terms before making any arrangements.
We have selected a careful set of companies known to be good .We arranged some links both inside this article and below.Our thrust is to make sure that you encounter no challenges thus why we recommend you use rental cars.com for car rental Victoria falls.Rental cars is a trusted international car booking company .Yo can also use the booking link on the side bar.
OTHER OPTIONS OTHER THAN RENTING A CAR IN VICTORIA FALLS
People who normally visit Victoria falls for other reasons choose not to rent a car.Some use buses and according to a review onlonely planet the buses are excellent .There is also an option to use a train that services the Harare-Bulawayo-Victoria falls route.
Other people argue that Victoria falls is a small town ,which is easily accessible on foot .However,this depends with what you opt to do.Other people use the popular airport transfer methods which cost approx $14-40.Others use hotel shuttle services because normally if you book in advance they will arrange airport transfer for you .Other people use taxi that cost $5 per person .We have arranged quick online links for all these services.
COMMON CHALLENGES & SCAMS FACED BY PEOPLE WHEN RENTING CARS
Documentation challenges .Usually people face this challenge when bringing a car from South Africa to Zimbabwe .Mostly this will be due to failure to comply with documentation requirements .To make sure you avoid this challenge check with your company on the documentation issues and understand their terms .If you are bringing your own car make sure your paper work is up to date .
To much road blocks
Most people come un-prepared for this ,although the situation has improved Zimbabwe has a lot of police road blocks and some times they can be a menace because within the ranks of the police are some untrustworthy officers they may require tips and bribes.To avoid this make sure you have the correct documentation .If you are found guilty make sure you ask for a receipt-form called the Z69[S] Admition of Guilt.If you don’t want to pay or cannot pay on the spot ask for a form called the 265 for payment of at any police station within 7 days .If you have any queries with the police ask for their name ,force number and contact the National Complaints 24/7 number 703631
Credit card and passport withholding
There unscrupulous people who roam around the borders and the Victoria Falls town as booking agents and helpers.In most cases they need exorbitant amounts of money failure to which they withhold your valuable documents.To avoid this never allow anyone to withhold these documents.Even car rental companies should not withhold these but should only verify and give them back.If you need assistance avoid getting it from everyone but go to official desks.
C.V.G (Commercial Vehicle Guarantee) Scam
There are reports that some un-trustworthy individuals at the border and others in the police force force you to pay this money even if you are using your own car or cars that are exempted from paying this money .If you fill that you are being duped or if you find your self in this mess kindly and polity ask for the name of the official and point out that you want to forward them to the responsible authorities to confirm if what they are saying is correct.If you are liable to pay it ,it should not be above US$120.
This challenge usually comes from Rental car companies .Also they may give you car with insurance that leaves you vulnerable in case of an emergency .To avoid this make sure you understand the company ‘s terms before booking.
Thank You for reading our article feel free to comment ,make additions ,ask questions ,send feedback and share.We have done a summary below containing quick links.This is a careful selection of car rental companies and different service providers .We are happy to disclose that if you successfully make an arrangement through some of these links we get a commission.This motivates us to keep writing good articles,it keeps our site alive and some of the proceeds go to charity .
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